We all know Lea Michele can sing. Actually, stating that Lea Michele can sing is an understatement: that girl can belt it out like no one else. Since her days as Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening, it’s been clear that Michele is one of the most talented singers of her generation. So it wasn’t surprising when she landed the lead role on Glee as Rachel Berry. Now, Michele is branching out into pop music. The artist’s first solo album, Louder, will be released on March 14, but her first single, “Cannonball,” has already hit the airwaves.
Whenever actors or actresses try to widen their horizons into music, we all get a little scared. Remember when Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan released their own albums? (Arguably, LiLo’s wasn’t too bad.) But in the history of Hollywood, actors trying to become pop stars don’t always work out.
At least Michele’s got major talent right? Sure, but being a pop star is a whole other ballgame. Lady Gaga and Ke$ha have beautiful voices, but they rarely showcase those talents in their upbeat pop tracks. So we’re wondering if Michele can rein it in to become the queen of pop music.
From what we can tell, she’s off to a good start with “Cannonball.” It demonstrates her voice very well while also keeping true to pop music. And we’ll be honest: it got us dancing in our seats.
Michele has conquered Broadway, TV, and we’re pretty sure she’s poised to join the ranks of Katy Perry and Rihanna. Check out “Cannonball” below to judge for yourself.
Recently, TVLine reported that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will debut two new recurring agents in episode 14 of the show’s first season. The agents will be “an African-American agent who specializes in combat/weapons, and a high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent/munitions expert who has past ties to both Coulson and Ward.” But this got us to thinking about other TV characters that would excel within S.H.I.E.L.D. — and if a crossover were ever to happen, these characters should definitely be considered.
Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds (Firefly)
As the leader of the Serenity, we have no doubt Mal could lead his own S.H.I.E.L.D. team — though we’re pretty sure his troupe would be even more renegade than Coulson’s bunch, which might lead to some trouble.
Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation)
Although S.H.I.E.L.D. is known for dangerous operations, it’s still a bureaucratic agency and needs its fair share of pencil pushers. Ben is the type of guy who gets excited about “the rules” and “accounting.”
Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
As a savvy teenaged detective, Veronica was not only seriously ahead of her peers in the crime-fighting department, she was excellent at reading people—which would come in handy for S.H.I.E.L.D. operations.
Chuck Bartowski (Chuck)
Chuck is a relatively normal guy who gets roped into CIA/NSA dealings and becomes a super secret agent. We have no doubt he could be useful to S.H.I.E.L.D. Plus, he’d totally be the guy everyone wants on their team.
Olivia Pope (Scandal)
Olivia deals mainly with The White House, but we believe her talents could be useful for S.H.I.E.L.D. Although, given that a lot of S.H.I.E.L.D. operations seemed to be kept so hush-hush maybe she’s already working for them.
Although the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is behind us — and we’re still a little bit sour about the lack of Rose Tyler — fans of the British sci-fi show are turning to the skies to honor their favorite series. A Change.org petition started on Dec. 7 is calling to rename a recently discovered planet after Gallifrey, the fictional world that is home to the Time Lords and the Doctor.
Sam Menhennet, a Doctor Who fan from Australia, started the petition appealing to the International Astronomical Union to rename the planet, HD 106906 b. Menhennet is rallying other Whovians with the hashtag #GallifreyFound and trying to garner 150,000 signatures — they’ve already gotten more than 125,000.
If you’re wondering why Menhennet chose to rename this particular planet, it’s not random: HD 106906 b resembles all depictions of Gallifrey from the series. Also, in the Doctor Who episode “Gridlock,” the Tenth Doctor describes his home planet: “The sky's burnt orange, with the citadel enclosed in a mighty glass dome, shining under the twin suns. Beyond that, the mountains go on forever. Slopes of deep red grass, capped with snow.”
Although renaming the planet after Gallifrey has as much significance as naming a star after your boyfriend or girlfriend, how cool would it be to tell future generations of Whovians that if they look up in the sky, Gallifrey is actually out there somewhere? Very cool.
Fans of The CW’s Arrow and the DC Comics Universe have been talking about the introduction of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) for months. Originally, Barry would be introduced on Arrow, and then the show would air a backdoor pilot for The Flash for The CW’s spinoff series following the super fast superhero. However, Deadline recently reported that The Flash would get a stand-alone pilot. After watching Barry’s introduction on Arrow, we have to agree that Gustin deserves his own pilot because he was fantastic.
In “The Scientist,” Barry arrives in Starling City as an assistant CSI tech from Central City to help investigate a robbery at Queen Consolidated. Throughout the episode he befriends Felicity Smoak — more like sparks fly between these two — but doesn’t win over Oliver, who finds out that Barry lied about his reason for being in Starling City. By the end of the episode though, Oliver, Dig, and Felicity realize they need Barry’s help. In the next episode “Three Ghosts,” Barry proves his worth as part of the Green Arrow team.
Despite such a short stint on Arrow, we already love the chemistry between Gustin and Emily Bett Rickards, as well as the possibility of a Barry and Ollie bromance. We’re almost sorry that Barry will be leaving Starling City to have his own show. In actuality, we’re extremely excited for The Flash. Gustin can totally pull off the transition from Barry to the titular character. Besides, we can always hope for some crossover episodes.
The season of ugly sweater and holiday parties is upon us. We all want to look good for the pictures that are sure to wind up on Instagram and Facebook. For those who want to display their love of TV shows, movies, and comics along with their holiday spirit we’ve got the starter guide for sweater shopping.
The Walking Dead
The reindeer names Daryl Dixon sweater includes our favorite archer/zombie killer with Santa’s famous sled pullers: “Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Daryl Dixon.”
“Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal” is both funny and festive with a reference that most people — like 99.9 percent — are sure to understand.
This Doctor Who-themed sweater is a play on the typical Fair Isle pattern, but with a TARDIS and some electronic screwdrivers for all wannabe Time Lords.
Similar to the previous shirt, the Shiny Christmas Sweater incorporates the Serenity spaceship, Jayne’s winter hat, and guns into a festive pattern.
Although Optimus Prime made his big-screen live-action debut in 2007, we’ll always remember him as a cartoon character from childhood. Now he can live on as Santa Claus on this holiday sweater.
Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles
If you preferred Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michaelangelo to giant robots, there’s a throwback sweater for you too. The Ninja Turtles don Santa hats to help you express your holiday spirit.
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While ABC is building Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. out of the Marvel film franchise and the CW is expanding their DC superhero universe to include The Flash, NBC is delving into the world of classic movie monsters. The network’s adaptation of Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the infamous vampire, will be joined by a new take on the werewolf.
Deadline reports that NBC is developing a TV series based on the 2010 film, The Wolfman, that starred Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. Daniel Knauf & Scott Stuber are creating the new paranormal series despite the fact that no one remembers that movie: it was a box office and critical flop.
Although Dracula has continuously declined in the ratings since its premiere Oct. 25, NBC’s other supernatural series Grimm is going strong in its third season. Maybe NBC has clued in to the fact that vampires are so over. Werewolves have been working for True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and of course Teen Wolf, so maybe NBC can salvage the movie monster trend with a wolfman. (However, basing a TV show on a movie flop doesn’t sound very promising.)
But were not sure about this trend, NBC. If Marvel, DC , and The CW’s Arrow have taught us anything over the past few years, it’s that superheroes are hard to beat. Besides in a fight between Iron Man and the Wolfman, we’d put money on Iron Man.
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One of the most iconic holiday characters is Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which has been adapted seemingly hundreds of times over the years, though some versions are more beloved than others. For instance, if you get through childhood without seeing The Muppet Christmas Carol, you are seriously missing out. Since there are so many films, many different actors have portrayed Scrooge over the years. But which Scrooge is the best (or worst, if you think about it) Scrooge?
Albert Finney in Scrooge (1970)
Although it’s a lesser-known musical version of the story, Albert Finney’s Scrooge has made the list for all those kids whose parents introduced them to this wonderful classic. Besides, the songs are still pretty catchy and Finney portrays the character’s transition from humbug to Father Christmas beautifully.
Jim Carrey in A Christmas Carol (2009)
If there is one thing Jim Carrey is good at, it’s playing a range of wacky characters. In this film, he plays not only Scrooge, but the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as well. Still, this incarnation of the age-old story isn’t quite that popular.
Bill Murray in Scrooged
Rather than playing the 19th Century version of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bill Murray plays a modern adaptation of the character — called Frank Cross — in this 1988 comedy. It’s a hilarious Christmas film, with some nods to another Murray classic, Ghostbusters.
Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol
Was there a doubt in anyone’s mind that Michael Caine would be the ultimate Scrooge? We hope not because he is the clear winner. Starring alongside heavy hitters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear, Caine still manages to shine.
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Although the next Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted, doesn’t come out until March 21, our favorite gang of felted celebs is getting in the holiday spirit. Since the day after Thanksgiving, Muppet Central Radio has played Muppet Christmas carols around the clock.
You can tune in to the 13th Annual Muppet Christmas Music Marathon on Radio Terra and Live 365. Muppet Central added 20 new songs this year, increasing their Muppet Christmas carol library to 325 tracks that will lead you dancing and singing into the holidays.
Included in Muppet Central Radio’s playlist are songs from the past 40 years of Muppets. Some songs we’ve heard are “The Man with the Bag,” “All Dressed Up,” and “The Christmas Queen.”
Two tracks we’re hoping to hear on the playlist are “Jingle Bell Rock” from A Muppet Family Christmas and “Fozziwig’s Party” from The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is the best Muppet Christmas movie of all time.
For fans of the Muppets, the gang has starred in plenty of holiday flicks like the television special A Muppet Family Christmas, as well as It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and of course The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Hopefully the Muppet Christmas Music Marathon will make the wait for Muppets Most Wanted just a little bit more bearable.
When it was announced that Sam Claflin would play Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games film series starting with Catching Fire, there were some naysayers. Is Claflin attractive enough? Could he be charming enough? Well, after many of his interviews gearing up for the film’s release, we can definitively say: yes, Claflin can charm the pants off anyone.
He Loves his Cast Mates (Especially Josh Hutcherson)
He spoke with ET about preparing for the scene in which Finnick gives Peeta mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, saying, “I did actually practice with a dummy for three hours ... And then I made out with Josh. It's like, my favorite film ever!”
That Time He Imitated a Crab
As far as crab impressions go, we give this one a two out of five. C’mon Claflin, you could have gotten out of your seat at least, but points for hilarity.
His Humility & Sense of Humor
When talking about getting into his role for Catching Fire, he said, “I'm nothing like Finnick Odair. I was surprised that the director was able to see past my ugly exterior.” We all know that’s not true, but it’s nice to see an actor without an ego.
When He Interacts with Jena Malone
Jena Malone and Claflin were both new to The Hunger Games cast in the second installment of the franchise, and they formed a seriously adorable friendship. Throughout interviews and photo shoots to promote the film they were paired together, which made us very jealous of Malone.
Literally Every Time He Winks
It’s kind of halfway between a suave gesture and a muscle twitch, but that doesn’t make it any less endearing.
When He Admits To His Charm
When asked by Moviefone whether Finnick’s charm or trident is the better weapon, Claflin responded: “I'd say his trident, I mean I can't kill people with my charm. Maybe I can, I am English."
Maybe the Gallagher family on Showtime’s Shameless is a little rough around the edges — they curse like sailors and keep their savings in a jar — but they make for good entertainment. The new season of Shameless premieres on Jan. 12, a mere month away, and we can’t control our excitement.
When last we left the Gallaghers, bad-dad Frank was hospitalized with a long list of possibly life-threatening medical conditions while Fiona was acclimating to full-time employment and a respectable boyfriend. (Also, Jimmy the car thief is definitely dead despite his vague exit from the show.) Lip had graduated high school and planned to go to college, but younger brother Ian used Lip’s identity to enlist in the army when his relationship with Mickey Milkovich went sour.
Since season four picks up only a few weeks after the show left off, we’ll be able to get right back into the lives of the Gallagher clan. Based on the first promo released for the new season, it seems Fiona, Frank, and Lip will be rebelling against employment, health care, and education. Meanwhile, based on casting announcements, Debbie, the youngest Gallagher girl will continue her transition to adulthood that began in season three.
However the biggest surprise of the third season finale was Ian enlisting and leaving his siblings behind. If there is one Gahllagher rule, it’s that you don’t abandon the family. Plus, we really wish Ian and Mickey could work out their relationship issues. (That’s going to be hard since Mickey is married now, but we’re still hopeful.)
If nothing else, at least Fiona officially has custody over her siblings now. We wonder if that will actually change anything though. We’ll have to tune in on Jan. 12 to find out.